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  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

    • Applications

      • OMG! LinuxArianna is a New Qt-Based eBook Reader for Linux

        When you feel ready to tackle that mountain of eBooks you bought but never read, give Arianna a try.

      • The Register UKReturn of the classic screensaver Flying Toasters ● The Register

        If you're old enough to remember After Dark, you might appreciate this: a new screensaver. Yes, in 2023. It was never really about saving screens.

        Screensavers are a simple tech for a bygone era. Now, of course, most of us just let our flatscreens go to sleep after a period of inactivity. But back when CRT hummed to CRT like mastodons bellowing across primeval swamps, they didn't have a sleep mode, and you needed something to prevent the unchanging parts of your screen display "burning in," where a faint ghost of the image is permanently visible, rendering a display either unpleasant or impossible to use. Don't knock it – burn-in can still affect flatscreens today.

        If you did like screensavers, you can still have one. The sage of Netscape himself, Jamie Zawinski, or jwz as he's often known online, still maintains XScreensaver after 31 years.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • LinuxTechiHow to Install FreeIPA Server on RHEL 8 | Rocky Linux 8 | AlmaLinux 8

        Are you looking for an easy guide on how to install FreeIPA server on Linux ? The step-by-step guide on this page will show how to install FreeIPA server on RHEL 8 , Rocky Linux 8 and AlmaLinux 8.

      • CNX SoftwareHow to setup a WireGuard server on Ubuntu for remote login

        In this article, we will show you how to set up a WireGuard server on Ubuntu in order to use it for remote login. Introduction to WireGuard First of all, let's first understand, what is WireGuard? WireGuard is a very simple and fast VPN tool with state-of-the-art encryption.

      • FOSSLinuxUsing Smartmontools in Linux to check the health of your HDDs or SSDs

        In this article, we'll discuss how to use Smartmontools in Linux to check the health of your HDDs or SSDs. We'll explore the different tools that Smartmontools offers, along with practical examples and troubleshooting tips. Additionally, we'll cover how to automate the drive monitoring process with Smartd in Linux.

      • KifarunixMonitor Docker Swarm and Container metrics using Metricbeat

        Is it possible to monitor Docker Swarm and container metrics using Metricbeat? Yes, of course! Metricbeat provides a flexible and powerful way to monitor Docker environment, be it individual containers or Swarm services.

      • Simon JosefssonSimon Josefsson: Sigstore protects Apt archives: apt-verify & apt-sigstore

        Do you want your apt-get update to only ever use files whose hash checksum have been recorded in the globally immutable tamper-resistance ledger rekor provided by the Sigstore project? Well I thought you’d never ask, but now you can, thanks to my new projects apt-verify and apt-sigstore. I have not done proper stable releases yet, so this is work in progress. To try it out, adapt to the modern era of running random stuff from the Internet as root, and run the following commands. Use a container or virtual machine if you have trust issues.

      • Make Use OfHow to Report Bugs in Ubuntu

        Ubuntu is one of the most widely used open-source operating systems in existence. Both individuals and enterprises use Ubuntu and it powers a lot of production servers.

        One way you can contribute to making Ubuntu better is by registering bugs that you encounter while using the system. That's the beauty of open-source software, you can actively contribute to the software that you love. Here's how to report bugs on Ubuntu.

      • Linux JournalMastering the journalctl Command: A Comprehensive Guide
        System logs are a vital resource for administrators and developers looking to monitor system performance, troubleshoot issues, and understand the events taking place within the system. On this article, we learn about how on Linux systems, the journalctl command provides an effective way to access and manage these logs.

        Introduction to the journalctl Command

        The journalctl command is a utility that allows users to view and interact with systemd journal logs. These logs include information from various sources, such as the kernel, initrd, system services, applications, and systemd itself. The logs are stored in a binary format and can be queried efficiently using journalctl.

        The basic syntax of the journalctl command is as follows:

        journalctl [options…] [matches…]

        Viewing and Filtering Logs with journalctl

        The most straightforward way to use journalctl is without any options. This will display all logged entries in chronological order:

        $ journalctl

        However, the output can be overwhelming, especially on systems with a long runtime. To make navigation easier, the output is automatically paginated using the less command. Use the Enter key to scroll line by line, or the Space key to scroll page by page. To exit the log output, press q on your keyboard.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install FossBilling with Nginx on Debian 11

        FOSSBilling is free and open-source billing designed to be easy for clients and sellers. FOSSBilling is a fork of BoxBilling; it provides a great experience for clients with an intuitive interface and also supports multiple payment gateways.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Plex Media Server on Debian 12/11/10

        Plex Media Server is a powerful and versatile software solution that transforms your personal computer, NAS, or other compatible devices into a full-fledged home media center. Say goodbye to juggling multiple streaming platforms and devices, as Plex streamlines your digital content management and playback experience like never before.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Node.js on Debian 12/11/10

        Welcome to the world of Node.js, a powerful, open-source, and cross-platform JavaScript runtime environment that executes JavaScript code outside the confines of a web browser. Developed by Ryan Dahl in 2009, Node.js is built on Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine, enabling developers to create server-side applications using JavaScript.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Zoom on Debian 12/11/10

        Zoom is a highly popular and versatile video conferencing platform that has gained significant attention in recent years. It offers a wide range of features that cater to individuals, businesses, and educational institutions, making it a go-to choice for remote communication and collaboration.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install FreeOffice on Debian 12/11/10

        If you're a Debian user looking for a powerful, feature-rich, and user-friendly office suite, look no further than FreeOffice. This remarkable office suite has become increasingly popular among Linux users and offers a compelling alternative to other well-known options.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install AnyDesk on Debian 12/11/10

        AnyDesk is a powerful and versatile remote desktop software that allows you to access and control remote computers securely and efficiently. Debian users may find AnyDesk particularly useful for various purposes, such as remote support, collaboration, or managing personal devices from anywhere.

      • ID RootHow To Install Bottles on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Bottles on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Do you want to run Windows applications on your Linux system without any interference? Then you need Bottles!

      • UNIX CopHow to install Jetty on Ubuntu 22.04

        Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn how to install Jetty on Ubuntu 22.04 Introduction According to the project website Jetty provides a web server and servlet container, additionally providing support for HTTP/2, WebSocket, OSGi, JMX, JNDI, JAAS and many other integrations.

      • Trend OceansSimple way to Convert WebP Images to PNG and JPG/JPEG in Linux

        Looking for a way to convert a WebP image to PNG or JPG/JPEG, then the dwebp and ffmpeg commands are the best options. Almost every website now accepts WebP images due to their low size, which reduces image size by 25 to 34% compared to JPGs without much compromising the image quality.

      • How to Install Microsoft Office on Linux

        € Microsoft Office on Linux is possible. Here are three methods for getting Microsoft Office installed in a Linux environment.

      • TechRepublicHow to easily manage chroot environments in Linux with Atoms

        Jack Wallen shows you a GUI that takes the complication out of creating and using chroot environments on Linux.

      • [Video] TechRepublicHow to easily manage chroot environments in Linux with Atoms

        Jack Wallen walks you through the steps to managing chroot environments in Linux with Atoms.

      • TecAdminA Step-by-Step Guide to Using a Specific TLS Version in Nginx

        Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a widely used cryptographic protocol designed to secure communications over a computer network. Nginx, a popular web server and reverse proxy server, relies on TLS to encrypt and secure data transmitted between clients and servers. As TLS evolves, new versions are released to address security vulnerabilities and improve performance.

      • TecAdminCreate and Manage Users in MongoDB: A Comprehensive Guide

        MongoDB is a popular open-source, NoSQL database that offers both scalability and flexibility when it comes to handling data. With its document-oriented approach, MongoDB has become a go-to solution for many developers looking for an alternative to traditional relational databases.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Volker KrauseDeploying UnifiedPush on Linux

          I have previously written about how push notifications can be integrated on KDE Plasma Mobile and Desktop using the UnifiedPush standard. There are a few details still to work out though when looking at this from the wider Linux ecosystem perspective.

          UnifiedPush on Linux

          Applications on Linux interface with UnifiedPush via a relatively simple D-Bus interface. You can register and unregister for push notifications and get signaled the reception of such a message, that’s basically it.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

      • The Register UKDouble BSD birthday bash beckons ● The Register

        New point releases of both the general-purpose Linux rival FreeBSD and the security-focused, traditional and rather minimalist OpenBSD have landed.

        FreeBSD 13.2 has arrived after a slightly longer release process than planned, which included a couple of additional release candidates, RC5 and RC6. Before you get too excited, though, this is only a point release, and while we've been testing it for a while at the new Vulture Towers outpost in the middle of the Irish Sea, FreeBSD 13.2 isn't dramatically different from the preceding version, which we looked at nearly a year ago.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • Dominique LeuenbergeropenSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2023/15

        Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

        This week we have seen quite a low number of submit requests coming to Tumbleweed, which resulted in the snapshots being built and tested rather quickly and us thus managing to release 8 snapshots in the day (usually the Thursday snapshot is only published later on Friday evening, this week it was all built and tested before lunch). So the 8 snapshots are not something really special. The versioning for snapshots limits us to one snapshot per day after all (and I doubt anybody would ask for more than that).

        The snapshots covered in this review are 0406…0413 and contain these changes:

        • Apache 2.4.57
        • mutter 44.0 git snapshot (44 commits after 44.0: avoid some crashes on gnome-shell)
        • KDE Frameworks 5.105.0
        • Pipewire 0.3.68
        • 389-ds 2.3.2
        • Mozilla Firefox 112.0
        • Linux kernel 6.2.10
    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Silicon AngleIBM acquires Ahana, joins the Presto Foundation
        IBM Corp. has acquired Ahana Cloud Inc., a startup that offers managed and commercial versions of the Presto open-source distributed query engine, for an undisclosed price.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Neowin Ubuntu Livepatch for HWE Linux kernels coming soon
        Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, has announced that Hardware Enablement (HWE) kernels will receive updates via the Livepatch service, just like Long-Term Release (LTS) kernels. The first kernel to gain support will be Linux 6.2 which will ship with Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar Lobster next week before being made available as an HWE kernel in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS in July.

        For those not familiar with Livepatch, it’s a service available to customers with an Ubuntu Pro subscription. If you don’t have a subscription it can be enabled on five of your personal machines. With this enabled, you are able to get the latest kernel updates installed on your computer without having to reboot. Linux kernel updates are one of the very few packages that typically require a restart in Ubuntu but with Livepatch there’s no need to restart.

      • OMG UbuntuCanonical Bringing Livepatch Support to HWE Kernels
        As spotted by our friends at Neowin, Canonical announced Livepatch support for Hardware Enablement (HWE) kernels starting this summer. The first HWE kernel being covered as part of this support extension is Linux 6.2, which will be backported from the Ubuntu 23.04 release and pushed out to users of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

        Livepatch is a feature only available on long-term support (LTS) versions of Ubuntu for users with an active Ubuntu Pro subscription. When enabled, Livepatch allows users to install kernel updates (on eligible machines) without needing to reboot after.

        Extending the number of kernels covered by the feature is an important move, albeit one aimed at enterprise, server, and business customers. While being asked to reboot to finish applying kernel updates is common, it’s not something Ubuntu desktop users typically mind.

      • Container JournalCanonical Simplifies Deployment of Cloud-Native Infrastructure

        Canonical has made available a virtual appliance for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud based on its lightweight MicroK8s distribution of Kubernetes along with a Charmed Operator for open source Kubeflow software running on that cloud platform to manage machine learning operations (MLOps) on Kubernetes clusters.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • PostgreSQLpgAdmin 4 v7.0 Released

        The pgAdmin Development Team is pleased to announce pgAdmin 4 version 7.0. This release of pgAdmin 4 includes 43 bug fixes and new features. For more details please see the release notes.

        pgAdmin is the leading Open Source graphical management tool for PostgreSQL. For more information, please see the website.


        To upgrade on RHEL 8, Rocky Linux 8, Fedora 36, and Fedora 37 users have to manually remove the “python3-mod_wsgi” package. While removing the “python3-mod_wsgi” package, it removes all the dependencies, and pgadmin 4 is one of the dependencies.

    • Programming/Development

      • Medevel20 Open-source and Free React UI Components Libraries

        React is an open-source JavaScript framework that is popular for building comprehensive and fully functional web applications. It is easy to use, reliable, and flexible, and has a vast community of developers. React has a thriving ecosystem of libraries, frameworks, tutorials, and open-source projects. It is the preferred choice for

      • Mike Blumenkrantz: Adventures In Linking


        As I mentioned a week or three ago, I deleted comments on the blog because (apparently) the widget was injecting ads. My b. I wish I could say the ad revenue was worth it, but it wasn’t.

      • Godot EngineDirect3D 12: Adventures in Shaderland

        Godot is about to get a Direct3D 12 rendering driver. This is a discussion on the exotic approaches taken to face some of the challenges posed in the area of shaders.

  • Leftovers

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • 50 days

        Today is the 50th day that I'm alcohol-free. Funny, but unwittingly it coincided with Lent in church. It's like my ascesis.

      • The Torment of Unplanted Seeds

        I'm terrified to start gardening. I want to, but I have this terrible neurosis about doing things wrong, or poorly. It leads into spirals of self loathing that can be difficult to break out of. There's SO MUCH to know about growing things, so much conflicting advice, so many ways to fail. It's the information overload problem, and the existence of the blasted internet is not helping one bit.

        And the deer, of course. They're like a plague of giant rats around here, and I don't have the money to make my rotting fence high enough to keep them out. They'll destroy anything I grow if not kept at bay somehow.

      • Breadlander: a use for Waffle Starter Remains

        On occasion sourdough waffles are made; there may be leftover starter that can be put to subsequent use. The starter is made from all-purpose flour, and runs somewhere around 100% hydration, in this case 292.1g or maybe a bit less on the assumption that not all of it will get off the sides of the container.

      • Photo dump - Vernal, UT to Rock Springs, WY

        So close in fact, my wife came down to Vernal yesterday and spent the night. I have always thought the scenery near home is the most beautiful in the country. Have some photos...

    • Technical

      • bphflog: //

        Maybe the scheme would make more sense if there were a global filesystem, so there might be something like /afs/com/example/foo on every system, and thus only one place that a directory-or-subhostname would appear in that filesystem, but last I looked the Andrew File System (AFS), while neat in various ways, hasn't really gone anywhere, and was requiring slightly insecure DES keys in Kerberos that I dearly wanted to get rid of, the last time I had to indirectly support AFS. Also, there are portability problems that probably stem from the lack of popularity thing.

      • Link Gardens in the Online Wilds

        You've noticed search getting less useful, but it's hard to tell for how long. Google's top results are full of garbagey sites; you're adding +reddit to every query to get what seems like the last non-astroturfed source of opinions online, and who knows how long it'll be before that's gone as well. Your days in front of the screen seem repetitive, predictable, tightly circumscribed. Maybe these are all related. Maybe not. But surely you've wondered if things have always been quite this bad.

      • [Older] Find OpenBSD install date

        As suggested on twtxt, one may look at filesystem creation time to get a good approximation of system install date. Here how I did it. There may be better methods, so let me know :)

      • Internet/Gemini

        • How to browse Gophersphere

          I've realized that I'm listed on [Bongusta]. It's always nice for an author that somebody made a request to put my Phlog there, despite it isn't very active and it hasn't many long entries in the Phlog section. Regardless if I'm on the list or not, Bongusta is my top Gopherhole and I'm visiting it every time I'm browsing Gophersphere. And I started to think about how I browse Gophersphere.

* Gemini (Primer) links can be opened using Gemini software. It's like the World Wide Web but a lot lighter.

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